Monday, October 25, 2010

Chocolate Winner(s)!

Since so few signed up (a little depressing) I decided to have three winners.
And they are:


Please leave a comment with your top two flavors of choice and Bubba I need your address to mail it to you.

Oh, and I only have one of each flavor because I didn't do the drawing until after I left Utah. So, make sure to give me two choices in case someone else wanted that flavor too. Reminder, the flavors are orange, raspberry, chocolate, mint, peanut butter and almond.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Oh, My!

In The Pink Series Half Marathon (more on this later) goody bag last weekend I found one of these:

 Oh, my! Heaven. In the form of chocolate.
This afternoon I stumbled upon them in a store and bought some more. The only flavor I haven't tried is the mint (not a huge fan of mint) but they are all delicious. They have orange, mint, raspberry, peanut butter, almond and chocolate. I think my favorites are almond and peanut butter.

Utah Truffles. They have no preservatives, no transfats and no hydrogenated oils. And you can actually pronounce everything on the ingredient list! Bonus!

Because I want to share the wealth (and get some subscribers) if you become a follower of and leave a comment, you will get a chance to win a truffle bar of your choice. Just make sure to leave a comment as well. Oh, and Jeri and Bubba get entered in twice because they became followers a long time ago.

Giveaway ends Saturday at noon MST

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


Reasons to Eat Pomegranates
Dissecting a pomegranate is worth it!
Not only are they delicious, this funny, apple-shaped, hard-husked fruit is also incredibly good for you!

 Researchers report that they are rich in antioxidants that can keep bad LDL cholesterol from oxidizing (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, May 2000). In addition, pomegranate juice, like aspirin, can help keep blood platelets from clumping together to form unwanted clots.

Does this make any difference clinically? More recent research has found that eight ounces of pomegranate juice daily for three months improved the amount of oxygen getting to the heart muscle of patients with coronary heart disease (American Journal of the College of Cardiology, Sept. 2005). Other researchers report that long-term consumption of pomegranate juice may help combat erectile dysfunction (Journal of Urology, July 2005).

Investigators are also excited about the possibility that pomegranate compounds might prevent prostate cancer or slow its growth (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Sept. 26, 2005). Other research reports suggest that pomegranate juice might help reduce the risk of breast cancer.

Even arthritis may yield to the power of pomegranates. Scientists at Case Western Reserve University have reported that tissue cultures of human cartilage cells respond to pomegranate extract. Inflammation is reduced and the enzymes that break down cartilage become less active (Journal of Nutrition, Sept. 2005). This is still far from a prescription for aching joints, but most experts agree that a little pomegranate wont hurt and might help.

One traditional use of pomegranate juice is to calm diarrhea.

Symbolism of the Pomegranate
The symbolism of the pomegranate is also interesting. Said to represent wealth, wisdom, and is called "God's Fruit." It is also told to be a representation of woman, the womb and fertility for its abundance of seeds.
The pomegranate is one of the oldest recorded fruits. It is mentioned by Moses in the bible. The importance of the pomegranate spans a variety of religions from Judaism to Christianity and is found in diverse cultures such as Armenia and China.

Whatever the religion you practice, region where you live or your gender, there are reasons to enjoy this beautiful, and rich fruit.

My Local Find
Luckily, for me, it is pomegranate season in Southern Utah and I just happened to get a grocery sack full of the beautiful fruit...FOR FREE! The lady was so kind to just give them to me. You never know, the next time you pass a heavy fruit-laden tree, take a risk, knock on the door and see what you can get.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Another Reason to Plant a Garden

What I did:

Begin by simmering carrots in a stir-fry pan (or any other hard vegetable such as broccoli). Add a little water in addition to 1/4 to 1/2 cup soy sauce. As water boils out, replace it until carrots reach slight tenderness. I DO NOT LIKE MY VEGETABLES SOGGY IN STIR FRY. Sorry to yell, but it is serious business with me :)
After carrots have been cooking for about 5 min. add onions.
Next, add squash, sugar snap peas, peppers and juice from one lime.
Add 2-3 TBS honey.
Last, add tomatoes.
Serve over cooked brown rice.